Archive for June, 2010

Learning From Experience (even if it is someone else’s)

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

I often find myself cautioning people not to use recreational kayaks on Lake Michigan, to be very respectful of the power of wind and waves on large bodies of water, and to take seriously the threat of immersion in cold water.  Recent events have brought home the reasons why I continue to give these warnings. […]

Are You Carrying Illegal Substances in Your Kayak?

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

On October 28, 2009, the State of Wisconsin enacted legislation that prohibits the transport of water or plants from one body of water to another on your boat, boat trailer, vehicle, or other gear. For kayakers that means that you need to make sure that you clean all water, mud, and weeds from the inside […]

10 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Tandem Kayak

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Are you thinking about getting a tandem kayak?  I would caution you to consider this option very carefully if this is going to be your first kayak.  While tandems do have their place, in most cases I don’t think that they are the best option when you are first getting into the sport.  Here are […]

Got skills?

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

I’d like to applaud some paddlers I know, who shall remain nameless just in case this embarrasses them. One former and future student of mine is taking a refresher course this summer wanting to especially learn his rescue and recovery skills.  He was already signed up before a recent unexpected capsize reinforced the need to […]

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